Knit and Pray

Catholic woman talks about knitting, sewing, crocheting, cross-stitching, crafting and Catholic Faith and family.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Ok, imagine a tall dark haired cowboy looking at you with steely blue eyes telling you to "google up!" Well, really any fantasy character you want, just so you make your way over here. I heard from a lady at The Preemie Project Yahoo Group that there's a petition Google to create a doodle for Prematurity Awareness Day, November 14.
The idea is simple. Each year half a million babies are born too soon. Each day millions of pages on Google are seen world over. Join the petition to convince Google that the crisis of premature birth is worthy of the top spot in November 14!
Enter hot cowboy, "You'll be mighty glad you did ma'me! Thank you kindly!"

Birthday Balloons Are Fun!!

Time To Blow Out Your Candles Sweet Boy:D

Two Years Old!!

Guess I'd Better Pick These Dots Off

Have Some Cake Bubba Eric

Some For You Too Bubba Daniel

Happy Birthday Sweet Michael!!!

Monday, August 28, 2006

#2 Ready For School (little brother saying "No! Don't go!")

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Soft Red Yarn For Red Scarf Project 2007


Norma is really passionate about The Red Scarf Project 2007. I think it's a great idea and already have some red yarn to work up into a nice warm scarf for an orphan. January of next year is when all scarfs should be sent in and even though there are four full months between now and January those are very busy months. I intend to get started on this some time this week. School begins tomorrow for the two oldest boys and they are very excited about it. I have mixed emotions.
Hope ya'll like my black and white photos. Project Spectrum has been a lot of fun and I may participate again if there will be another.
The kitty cat hats were made from Debbie Stoller's STITCH 'N BITCH book. I just didn't do the earflaps, i-cords and pompoms. The girls liked them and kept them on the whole evening they were here visiting, so I guess they liked them or something;P Now I need to make a hat for their younger brother, so he doesn't feel left out. He's put his order in for a blue with a green strip hat. So I'll definitely be working on that.
I really like my hair cut. I'll be sending off the ponytail (which I didn't get a photo of) to Locks Of Love tomorrow. I wanted to have a season of intense giving since God has given me my precious boys and innumerable blessings everyday. I won't always get to stay home and be able to give as much as I have in the ways I have. So, I'm seizing this time and making it a season of giving, knowing that you can't out give God!
Many times I think about Jesus telling Peter to come to him in the stormy sea. As long as Peter was focused on Jesus even he could walk on storm tossed water. With all the storms I've had to weather in my life I feel that as long as I was focused on my savior I was indeed walking on storm tossed water. Thank you Jesus for helping me to weather storms and know that I can always count on you even when I could not count on anyone else!!! Thank you Jesus! Jesus I trust in you!!!

R Is For Rainbow...My friend Becky made this for me in 1984. I love it! God is in control and I praise His name!!!

Wedding Photo In Veil Wreath

Back Of Christening Gown

Christening Gown Made From McCall's Needlework & Crafts April 1988 (First Two Boys Were Christened In This)

Close Up Of Crochet Round Table Cloth

MIL Made This For Us Many Years Ago And It's Still Gorgeous

Cute Kitty Cat Caps For Two Cuties

I've Got A Big Boy Haircut

Long Haired Momma

I Think I Feel A Breeze:D

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Just A Sittin' And A Pickin';P
I was trying to get a pic of this boy being "cool" with his shades on and this is what he gives me. HA!!!

Working On Booties
This new yarn is SO SOFT and pretty! Yeah Caron Simply Soft!!!

Full Term Happy Hat
Colorful pompom makes a festive addition:D

Full Term Hats

Lighthouse Cloth
Birthday cloth for a friend. Pattern found here.

Saturday, August 19, 2006


On The Catholic's To Do List:
*Corporal Acts of Mercy*
To feed the hungry.
To give drink to the thirsty.
To clothe the naked.
To shelter the homeless.
To visit the sick.
To ransom the captive.
To bury the dead.
*Spiritual Acts of Mercy*
To instruct the ignorant.
To counsel the doubtful.
To admonish sinners.
To bear wrongs patiently.
To forgive offences willingly.
To comfort the afflicted.
To pray for the living and the dead.
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13

Friday, August 18, 2006


THIS is for:
*The lonely and homebound, the sick and the suffering.
*Business people who want the sacred to permeate their work day.
*Catholics in remote areas who simply do not have access to an adoration chapel.
*Devotees of Eucharistic Adoration who wish to multiply the hours they can adore our Lord
in the Most Blessed Sacrement.

Praise God for his infinite mercy!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Just Got This In The Mail And It's SO EXCITING!!!:D
Yarn Market ROCKS!!! They got it here in just a couple of days. The patterns in this book are SO SWEET! I can hardly wait to get started on something. The aMAIZing yarn is made from 100% corn fiber. It's a tape type yarn and feels really nice. I love when companies start using renewable fibers. It makes having fun with fiber more interesting:D

Q Is For Quilt
This is the first quilt my Grandma Josephine ever made for me for my hope chest. I love the still vibrant colors after over 30 years.

She Made It For Me
After she would make a quilt to give to someone she would write their name in ink in an underside corner, so there would be no squabbling over quilts when she was gone.

My First Quilt To Cut And Handsew
It was so much fun to get into my Grandma's stash! My dad had made a HUGE chest for my Grandma to put her quilts in and her massive stash upon. It took up one corner in "the cold room" which eventually became my room, at least in warmer weather. I tried to use every different material she had in it. I was about seventeen when I hand cut and stitched this together. I still don't "hand quilt" and my Grandma rarely did either, so we just sent this out to get machine quilted. I still like it and have used it as a quilt, tablecloth and picnic quilt. It's a bit freyed in some spots, but is still usable.

Star Cloth
Pattern found here.

Feather And Fan Cloth
Made in Lily Sugar 'n Cream in "Swimming Pool" color. Pattern found here.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

My Mom Has Been Busy As I Am

Pretty Project Spectrum Fabric For A Skirt
Using Simplicity Pattern 4283 from the Khaliah Ali Collection

"Iowa" Cloth For The Preemie Project Fund Raiser
Pattern found here.

Just A Note With Each Cloth Sends A Message Of Caring And Hope

47 Cloths In The Cloth Box...And Counting! The box did have about 24 more, but I donated those to The Preemie Project for a fund raiser. I take cloth knitting with me wherever I go. It's light and basically no brain knitting. You can pick up wherever you leave off and if you happen to drop a stitch or twelve off your needles it's an easy fix. Helps to fill in time with something constructive when waiting in line anywhere:D

Will Make A Sweet Pin

Sunflower Pin...Just Use BOND 527 All-Purpose Cement

Second Chemo Hat With Sunflower Pin
Used Classic Elite Yarns Premiere 50% Pima Cotton 50% Tencel Color #5275. This yarn is SO SOFT and light feeling. Patterned after a plain cap. Just needed a little pizzazz with the sunflower. Emma likes sunflowers and I wanted to brighten her day. Maybe after all her chemo is a bad dream, she'll be able to take the pin as a reminder that the sun will come out tomorrow. Cheesy sentimental...that's me:D

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Wow! I Won This:D
Susan donated this as a prize in the Basil And Abner Critter Charity Drive hosted by Rebekah which had 47 contributors from 26 different states (gotta love the power of the internet!) The drive garnered 140 blankets, 7 pet beds, and 190 toys. These were shared by two shelters; The Metro East Humane Society in Edwardsville, Illinois and The Granite City APA in Granite City, Illinois.
This past Thursday the three boys and I went to the North Side Humane Society where all the Pappipads were delivered (approx. 70). They are having a contest for those who knit dog sweaters and the winner will win $100.00 and then the sweaters will be auctioned off in October during a fund raiser. I may try my hand, but with all the projects I want to finish, I don't know if I'll get around to it.

Chemo Hat Made With Trendsetter Yarns BLOSSOM Col. 103
This hat was made for our best man's mother Emma. Please say a prayer for her complete recovery. Thank you!!!

Blanket Is Finally Done!
This is the blanket that I started with the one skein of Cascade Yarns Cherub Collection Temptations D. K. in the 907 colorway. It's a thinner yarn but the colors are sooo pretty and it's a nice soft feel. It took about 18 hours to finish. If I ever have a grandchild I'd love to make another, but not til then:D

LOVE This Blanket!

Small Blanket Made With Homespun Baby
I picked up a couple of skeins of this yarn which was on sale at Hobby Lobby this weekend and it made a 22"x22" blanket though I had to use part of another skein which didn't exactly match, I think it turned out OK.

Sweet Golden Curls
I'll hate to see them go, but we have a tradition that after 2 years of age the hair gets a boy cut. It's so hard to believe that school will start soon. We are getting ready and keeping busy with various projects. Be well and be blessed all:D

Thursday, August 10, 2006

A Fun Treat For A Good Cause

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Here's a good reason why:D

Monday, August 07, 2006

Weekend Getaway

Time To Camp

What A Great View!

A View Of The Lake